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Maintain Senior Fitness To Stay Strong and Healthy

It’s easy to make excuses and not regularly exercise, but maintaining a consistent senior fitness plan is important.

Starting a routine exercise plan is difficult at any age. Performing exercises is tedious. We would prefer not to dedicate the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s workout. We’ve all made excuses like these for not staying physically fit; but frailty and advanced age make it even more troublesome to stay with an exercise regimen and maintain senior fitness.

New Horizons In-Home Care wants to help the elderly continue to remain more physically active with ideas to overcome the following common senior fitness obstacles:

  • Self-confidence: It’s natural for seniors to feel stressed with the idea of meeting exercise goals. It can help to begin slowly with exercises that are easy to master and progress over time; and, support the senior with consistent encouragement.
  • Attitude: Attitude is vital when it comes to physical fitness. If approached in a negative way, it will be much more challenging to maintain an effective exercise routine. Choose activities that will be enjoyable and that the older adult will look forward to.
  • Pain: The saying, “No pain, no gain” simply isn’t true. Aging adults should prevent overdoing it, and decrease the level of intensity if sensing pain or discomfort.
  • Disabilities: Aging adults with physical or cognitive restrictions can and should continue to remain active according to their ability level. Consult the physician for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can put together a program of specialized exercises.
  • Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There are a wide range of adaptive devices to support safe, effective exercising while still improving senior fitness.
  • Financial Concerns: It does not need to cost a lot of money to be fit! Walking and other simple exercises in and around the senior’s home, using common household objects can be incorporated into an exercise program at little to no cost.
  • Fatigue or Illness: Exercises can be individualized to match the older individual’s energy level, and he or she may progressively increase the endurance level over time.

Keep in mind that the secret to ongoing positive results with an exercise regimen is to ensure the senior feels comfortable and safe with the plan and the exercises. If soreness is noted in muscles or joints the next day after exercising, a reduced intensity can be put in place; and check with the doctor if the pain or discomfort continues.

New Horizons In-Home Care’s caregivers will work hand in hand with your loved one’s healthcare provider to create a safe exercise plan according to his or her abilities to improve strength, independence, and overall quality of life. Call us at 503-400-3000 or use our online contact form to learn more about the positive aspects of daily exercise in improving senior fitness and to discover more about how our home care in Keizer and throughout western Oregon can help!

Seniors and Exercise: The Best Activities to Improve Health and Wellbeing

Exercise is beneficial throughout our lifetime – including as we age and progress into our senior years.

The positive effects of exercising do not abate as we get older, and it’s particularly essential for older adults to preserve as active a way of living as possible. Even individuals who are confined to a bed or wheelchair-bound have a full range of possibilities available to strengthen, and develop resistance and flexibility. Continue Reading →

Top Five Treatment Options for Seniors with Mesothelioma

Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma have several treatment options to consider.

Older adults diagnosed with mesothelioma have a variety of options when it comes to treatment. The type of care your loved one receives will be determined after a doctor or specialist evaluates him or her. Since each older adult’s diagnosis is unique, treatment will vary on an individual basis. While there is no specific treatment that cures mesothelioma, an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment can lead to your loved one going into remission. Continue Reading →

Tips for Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s During COVID-19

Caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s during COVID-19 can be challenging.

Providing home care assistance for a senior with Alzheimer’s can be challenging under the best of scenarios; add in a worldwide pandemic, one that calls for social distancing, gloves and masks, and careful sterilization of both ourselves and our home environment, and the challenge may seem insurmountable.

New Horizons’ Alzheimer’s care team provides the following guidelines to help reduce fear and frustration for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, while keeping both them and their caregivers safe:

  • Be sure to make self-care a top priority. Now more than ever before, it is important to gauge your own personal level of stress, and make a plan to make certain you are healthy – both physically and emotionally. You can only supply the best caregiving help for your loved one if your own needs are met. This could possibly mean restricting time spent watching the news as well as on social media, maintaining connections with close friends and family, and taking time for pleasant, rewarding hobbies.
  • Take care of personal hygiene. Proper handwashing techniques are vital for all of us, but might be hard for a senior with Alzheimer’s to uphold. Depending on the individual’s stage of the disease, it might be beneficial to wash your hands with each other, demonstrating for your loved one; or, position signs next to the sink in the bathroom and kitchen with a reminder to scrub for 20 seconds. And keep in mind that repetition, a typical behavior in dementia, can work to your advantage in this case.
  • Choose your words carefully. When speaking to a loved one about changes related to COVID-19, it’s critical to keep it very simple, utilizing a calm and reassuring tone. Beth Kallmyer, Vice President of Care and Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, recommends statements such as, “We have to stay inside because that’s most safe for us, but we’ll do it together. I’ll be with you and we’ll be okay.”
  • Be sure to have a backup plan. In case you contract COVID-19 or another health condition that would prevent you from safely providing help for a loved one with dementia, it’s vital to have a plan in place for who could take over to execute your care duties. A professional home care agency, such as New Horizons, is the perfect choice, with aides who are knowledgeable in specialized dementia care.

Allow New Horizons In-Home Care, experts in senior care Eugene and surrounding area residents depend on, to help you. Our highly skilled Alzheimer’s caregivers are fully trained and experienced in both following proper protocol linked to decreasing the danger for contracting coronavirus, and in the specialized types of care that are most effective for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease. Reach out to New Horizons’ Salem home health care experts at 541-752-9059 in Corvallis, 541-687-8851 in Eugene, 503-400-3000 in Salem, or 541-997-8115 in Florence for an assessment within the safety and comfort of home and to find out more about how we can help your loved ones. To see our full service area, click here.

Top COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Finding trustworthy COVID-19 info is made easier with this list of resources.

Being aware of where to turn for the current, most dependable info on COVID-19, specifically as it pertains to the elderly and family members who care for them, is extremely important – and yet can be confusing. Due to so many resources and differing opinions on this extraordinary situation, we want to help make it simpler to locate what you need by building the subsequent list of trusted resources for seniors and family caregivers. Continue Reading →

How to Pay for Home Care Supplies and Equipment

Do you think your aging loved one could benefit from more safeguards in the shower or bathtub? Does he or she require a walker or rollator to move around? If that’s the case, it’s very likely that you’ll soon be looking to buy the in-home assistive devices that so many families depend on to keep seniors safe. It’s also likely that you’re wondering how to cover the expense for these assistive items, and if any of them may be covered under Medicare or insurance.

Elderly woman walking with adult daughter

Keeping seniors safe at home often requires special home care equipment.

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Tips To Purchase Home Care Equipment That Keeps Seniors Safe

Home care safety devices can make life easier for senior loved ones.

All through aging, assistive home care devices can make day-to-day life around the house less complicated and less hazardous. There’s a broad selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available today that can boost senior safety and help seniors remain much more comfortable at home. At New Horizons In-Home Care, our experts in home care in Albany and the surrounding areas would like to provide you with some insider advice for picking out and utilizing some of the most widely used pieces of home care equipment Continue Reading →

Dementia Wandering Solutions: Tips to Help Increase Safety

Dementia wandering solutions can be easily implemented at home to increase safety.

Of all the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, perhaps one of the most concerning is the individual’s tendency for wandering, together with the potential dangers which may arise in the event the senior becomes disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur when the older adult is:  Continue Reading →

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Customer Testimonials

J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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